Genetically Modified Chickens in the Fight Against Bird Flu

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The Cambridge and Roslin scientists introduced a new gene to chickens

January 17, 2011

According to research performed by scientists at the Roslin Institute and Cambridge University, a Bird flu epidemics could be prevented by a new strain of chickens that do not spread avian flu to other birds.

Scientists at the Institutes have developed genetically modified chickens could stop bird flu outbreaks spreading within poultry flocks.

The development would protect the health of domestic poultry and could also reduce the risk of new flu virus epidemics in the human population.

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